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Bath Children’s Festival

Bath Children’s Festival

Brief Description of Organisation

We host children’s festivals in Bath parks during school holidays. We are a small group of three core volunteers who organise and host the event with very little funding or support. Our festivals provide affordable shows and plenty of free activities for 4 -16 year olds and their families.

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As a group we have restarted the Bath Children’s Festival that until a few years ago had been running annually in Bath since the 1980’s. Due to lack of funding it sadly came to an end. Last year myself and James McDonnell decided to resurrect it with no funding and only a few months to prepare. We launched an appeal to raise funds amongst our own friends and families who had good memories of the past and then the locals and businesses of larkhall and the surrounding area. We raised enough to cover the costs of booking the shows, the Bath Fringe Festival donated funds to supply the big top and the festival went ahead. The festival runs in the May half term from the bank holiday Monday through to super Saturday. The festival is a mixture of shows, workshops demonstrations and displays. The format runs each day with two creative workshops, run by local artists and creators, last year these services were provided voluntarily by these amazing locals on the basis that funding would increase over the years and over time they would receive a well earned fee. The workshops ranged from, morning family yoga, plenty Kates homemade bath bombs, vegan chocolate making, DJ skills set, Kung fu, art and collage and many more, suitable for four to sixteen year olds. These are offered for free for all, although this year we will collect donations to help towards the cause but there will be no pressure to donate just gentle publicity with QR donation codes. Each day will see a morning and afternoon kids show ranging from, magic, puppetry, circus skills, dinosaurs, pirates and more. These shows are suitable for four to eleven year old. Naturally these superstars need paying but we keep the entrance fee at £5 and no more in the hope of keeping them accessible to as many as possible. We also run a golden ticket system where each day many are given free entry to performances. No one will be denied access if they truly can’t afford it.

Mix in face painting, an arts tent, demonstrations, family football, a talent show and much more and we have an amazing week of community collaboration. Last year the festival was held in Alice Park which really brought the village of larkhall and the city of Bath together. Encouraging people to walk or catch a bus over we had visitors from as far afield as Weston and Twerton.

We will make sure that publicity will go out to all of the schools in Bath and beyond, giving the opportunity to all children of Banes. This year we will attempt to bring together as many local youth groups as possible to bring their skills along and collaborate with the festival whilst giving them a stage to be seen. One of our greatest aims is to include activities for 11-16 year olds, as this is the most overlooked of year groups who most definitely need involvement and inclusion. Last year we had a table football tent, which provided great family fun, alongside kung fu, boxing, DJ workshops and football tournaments. The whole event encourages fun, playfulness, participation and being active. Ultimately supporting young peoples health and wellbeing. It has been widely documented that the generation growing up during the pandemic were deprived of much social activity and this has had an adverse impact on their social development in school and more widely. We believe that creativity and the arts play a crucial part in young peoples development and should be accessible to all. The aim of the Festival is to provide, in a fun and entertaining way, creative activity that is becoming more difficult to access elsewhere. We expect that those benefitting from this festival will experience the following outcomes: Through encouraging self-expression, the festival and the activities it provides will encourage and support children's imagination and thinking process development. It will allow them to experience their world from different perspectives. Creative expression will lead to greater emotional wellbeing and reduced anxiety in those taking part. Their confidence and self-expression skills will be enhanced by enabling children to express themselves through activities they can choose for themselves and suit their interests. Introducing children to activities and experiences they might not otherwise have access to will lead to an increase in positivity and self-esteem. Activities for all the family to join in will engender social cohesion. The festival atmosphere will encourage children to mix with their peers and build self-confidence with other age groups. By directed marketing through local networks (social media and family support groups) we aim to target family groups who will benefit the most from the activities on offer and attract those who wouldn't be able to afford to go to other events with prohibitive ticket costs. Overall last years Festival was a great success and we aim this year to make it bigger and better. This year’s venue has not as yet been confirmed but we have put an application in for it to take place in Sydney Gardens, bringing it closer to the centre of the city and alongside one of Baths great newly renovated children’s parks. Sadly the land hire fee for the bandstand in Victoria Park is too high but with greater funding in years to come this would be the ideal venue and would bring the festival full circle as that is where it all began. 

Bath Children’s Festival

Brief Description of Organisation

We host children’s festivals in Bath parks during school holidays. We are a small group of three core volunteers who organise and host the event with very little funding or support. Our festivals provide affordable shows and plenty of free activities for 4 -16 year olds and their families.

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